Is in his third season as the D-backs' manager and his 19th in a managerial or coaching capacity in professional baseball ... Honored with the Tommy Lasorda Managerial Achievement Award in 2019 ... Named the 2017 BBWAA NL Manager of the Year, the third D-backs manager to obtain the honor, joining Bob Melvin (2007) and Kirk Gibson (2011) ... Was the seventh manager to garner the honor in his first season as a manager: Hal Lanier in 1986 (Astros), Dusty Baker in 1993 (Giants), Joe Girardi in 2006 (Marlins), Matt Williams in 2014 (Nationals), Jeff Banister in 2015 (Rangers) and Dave Roberts in 2016 (Dodgers) ... Spent 4 seasons (2013-16) in the Red Sox' organization as the Bench Coach under John Farrell ... was the First Base Coach on Farrell's staff with the Blue Jays from 2011-12 ... Acted as Boston's interim manager for 48 games from Aug. 14, 2015-end of the season while Farrell was on medical leave ... guided the Red Sox to a 28-20 record Guided the D-backs to a second-place finish in the NL West (93-69), and a Wild Card win over the Colorado Rockies ... His 93 wins were the most by an Arizona manager in his first 162 games, 1 more than Bob Brenly's 92 in 2001, and were 24 victories more than their total of 69 in 2016, the second-largest win difference in the Majors behind the Minnesota Twins (26), and fourth-best increase in franchise history ... Was presented a 2018 Rocky Mountain Emmy Award from FOX Sports Arizona after the network was honored with the award for his contributions while wearing a microphone in-game during a walk-off win on June 27, 2017 vs. Cardinals ... Named the club's eighth manager on Nov. 4, 2016 ... Met D-backs general manager Mike Hazen, who was an intern in Cleveland's baseball operations department, in 2001 at Spring Training when he was the Indians' Roving Coordinator ... the duo also worked together in Boston from 2013-16.
MINOR LEAGUE MANAGING CAREER
Owned a 661-609 (.520) record in 9 seasons as a Minor League manager in the Indians (2002-09) and Red Sox (2010) systems ... guided his clubs to 4 postseason appearances and 2 league championships ... Earned both Baseball America Double-A and Eastern League Manager of the Year honors after leading Akron to the EL Championship in 2005 ... named Carolina League Manager of the Year in 2004 after leading his club to title.
Played in 303 games over parts of 8 Major League seasons with the Tigers (1988-89), Yankees (1991), Angels (1993), Mariners (1994), A's (1996), Indians (1998) and Phillies (1999) and hit .224 with 35 doubles, 15 homers and 60 RBI…appeared at all 4 infield positions along with left and right field...Concluded career with a season in Japan for the Yakult Swallows in 2000...Selected by Detroit in the fifth round of the 1987 draft.
Married to Kristen ... has 3 children: Nick, Taylor and Connor ... Nick is an infielder in the Red Sox' system ... Graduated in 1983 from Montclair College Prepatory in Van Nuys, Calif. ... His late father, Sam, was a producer on "Hee-Haw." ... Is a 1987 graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles ... inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame in 1999 ... Was the first 2-time Pac-10 Player of the Year (1986-87) ... Has a photo of John Wooden's "Pyramid of Success" hanging in his office ... Was inducted into the Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame on July 20, 2003 ... Played for the Buffalo Bisons for 3 seasons (1995, '97-98) and ranks among the all-time franchise leaders in walks (2nd, 173), runs (3rd, 190), RBI (5th, 166), hits (5th, 301) and doubles (7th, 55) ... Helped lead the 1997 club to an American Association title and was named Most Valuable Player of the Championship Series ... also won the Frank J. "Fremo" Vallone Community Service Award in each of his 3 seasons ... Also managed the Bisons from 2006-08, going 214-212 (.502) in 3 seasons ... A basketball enthusiast, he shoots around almost every morning at his house ... on the road, he organizes games for the coaching and support staff, which has included visits to: Marquette University, University of Kansas, Minnesota Timberwolves, Brooklyn Nets and Houston Rockets ... On the road, each player has an assigned team and uniform ... Served as the assistant basketball coach for his son, Connor's, basketball team at New Way Academy in Phoenix for the 2018-19 season.